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Adopt a School and Ensure a Child's FutureAdopt a School and Ensure a Child's Future<div class="ExternalClass6240A0BC3B6D4EB48F6FBE19C3C895DF"><p style="text-align:center;"><em>City of Phoenix Launching Business Toolkit to Help Struggling Classrooms</em></p><p>Dozens of schools across the city of Phoenix are in dire need of help.  From broken equipment to a lack of extracurricular activities, the need for donations from the public is great.  The city of Phoenix is kicking off a new initiative to help city schools earn more money for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) initiatives and other needs through tax credit donations.  The initiative is focused on businesses who can adopt a school and become its "cheerleader" to raise the funds.</p><p>The kickoff event is from <strong>10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.,</strong> <strong>Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Steele Indian School Park, Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Rd.</strong> where:</p><ul><li>The program will be announced.  View it now on <a href="/education">www.phoenix.gov/education</a>.</li><li>Mayor Greg Stanton will explain the need for "adopters."</li><li>Meet school leaders and students directly affected by the outcome of this effort.</li></ul><p>"Through the state school tax credit, our business community can support hands-on experiences and extracurricular activities like field trips, music programs and sports that enhance learning and better prepare students for a 21<sup>st</sup> Century economy. Unfortunately, these important activities often get cut from already strapped budgets" said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.</p><p>If interested, the following have been set up and are available to reporters on the same day following the event:</p><ul><li>Tour of a school in need and interview with the principal or superintendent</li><li>Interact with students and teachers (already approved for being recorded)</li></ul><p>Please contact ahead of time if you'd like one of those additional interview opportunities.</p><p><strong>Contact: </strong>Matt Hamada, Public Information Officer</p><p>602-262-6213, text: 602-376-5899, email: matthew.hamada@phoenix.gov</p></div>12/7/2015 7:00:00 AMMatthew Hamada602-262-6213